Another Faust by Dina and Daniel Nayeri (August 25th 2009—Candlewick)
Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Summary: “One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish - only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary “gifts.”
But as the students claw their way up - reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty - the side-effects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most
At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.”
Review: Another Faust was an interesting read that dealt with what you’re willing give up to have your wish come true. Selling your soul to the devil in a pretty dress, living only to feed off of others, there’s only so much one can do.
What I love the most was the concept of the book. The separate point of views that somehow twine the entire novel. I found each character exuberating whether they spoke volumes or their actions did for them. I especially enjoy the little paragraphs before each chapter talking of Vileroy’s past conquests—the one about about Truman. Ha! Cracked me up.
Victoria and Valentin were the clear cut pure evils of the bunch. More addicted than a box full of donuts to the power that Vileroy gave them. Bice, Christian and Belle were more of softer hearts although Belle showcased this more towards the end.
I thought the authors did a magnificent job at describing the powers, the consequences, the manipulation. But I did find it a bit tedious at times. There were more drama filled scenes and heavy detailed parts that came to par with Eragon.
I still have the trouble with the ending though.
I don’t understand how Bice’s 1 language of all the languages defeated Vileroy. I mean did she just cursed her out and walked out? Was there a significance?
Overall: Another Faust proved to have an interesting plot but the heavy descriptions took away some of the splendor.
THIS WAS A TRAVELING TO TEENS TOUR